Man is charged with trying to run over Maryland trooper

25-year-old is arrested after high-speed chase

October 08, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Cumberland man was charged yesterday with trying to run over a Maryland trooper and leading state police on a high-speed chase that ended at a train crossing in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

State police Sgt. Robert Farrell said troopers had responded to a 3:34 a.m. report of an altercation at a Denny's restaurant in LaVale when a man apparently involved in the disturbance accelerated his 1990 AMC Eagle at Trooper James Costa, who was approaching the vehicle on foot.

Farrell said the man led three patrol cars on a 20-minute chase on a two-lane highway through LaVale and Corriganville in Allegany County and into Pennsylvania. The sergeant said troopers apprehended the man when he had to stop for a train in Fairhope, Pa.

Eric Lynn Johnson, 25, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, assault, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and other traffic charges. He was also being held on a probation violation warrant.

Maj. Greg Shipley, the state police spokesman, said Pennsylvania state troopers were notified. He said that the man agreed to be returned to Maryland and that he was brought back upon the advice of the Allegany County state's attorney.

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